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Doctor insights on: Counseling Therapy Person Major Insecure Attachment Problems

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Is there counseling or therapy for couples where one person has major insecure attachment problems?

Is there counseling or therapy for couples where one person has major insecure attachment problems?

Yes: Of course, nobody thinks that they have an issue, and that they are the "good one" of the relationship. They may be right, but that's not the point. A good family counselor, and there are some in any area, can help greatly, and if one person does have major issues, refer them for individual care. But the issues may be in both parents, and a good counselor should help both parents. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more


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Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

It can...: Depending on the child that you are treating. No child is the same and should not be treated that way. With social anxiety disorder, it may be useful to take an eclectic approach using play therapy, social skills training, and relaxation training in working with this diagnosis that requires skill building. ...Read more

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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

Very effective: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be very helpful for depression & emotional distress. With it, you explore your thinking patterns and see how these can lead to depressed feelings. With your therapist's help, you learn ways of moving beyond these, or correcting assumptions that lead to suffering. In terms of effectiveness, cbt can outlast antidepressants, and also improve outcomes. ...Read more

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I'd rather deal with the issues of my depression, anorexia, ptsd, self-harm & suicidal ideation myself than involve professionals, is this possible?

I'd rather deal with the issues of my depression, anorexia, ptsd, self-harm & suicidal ideation myself than involve professionals, is this possible?

You deserve help: I want to say this gently- if you were able to control and correct these symptoms, my guess is that you would have already done so by now. If what you have done to date hasn't worked, i encourage you to be open to accepting professional assistance. Take care. ...Read more

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(bpd)borderline personality disorder;i've done dbt counselingn a psychiatrist which has not improved my paranoia/anxiety problems.What next?

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(bpd)borderline personality disorder;i've done dbt counselingn a psychiatrist which has not improved my paranoia/anxiety problems.What next?

DBT: Need to discuss with your psychiatrist possible alternative medications, depending on what you were prescribed & on the symptoms. Some benefits might be obtained from a psychotropic with a mood stabilizer. Your md is the best one to review them, since I am not sure what medications were tried for you. ...Read more

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Which mental disorder are manipulative personality and playing victim symptoms of?

Which mental disorder are manipulative personality and playing victim symptoms of?

Psychopath: When i hear about manipulative behavior this could be a psychopathic person who wants to "get one over" on you or it could be someone with a histrionic personality who would be manipulative to get one's attention not for the purpose of exploiting the person like the psychopath. Playing the victim can be from many different types of disorders (e.g. Trauma, borderline pd, ) or just personality styl. ...Read more

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How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

Get support: A person's emotional problems can be just as stressful as physical illness in a relationship. Suggest you see a mental health professional for guidance and support. Be sure to make time for yourself. Connect with others for help. Look into NAMI or local support groups: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers . I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could a person with avoidant personality disorder need therapy longlife?

Could a person with avoidant personality disorder need therapy longlife?

Avoidant personality: Therapy is not prescribed for a specific time. As a professor once told me, therapy may go on for a long time , but it reaches a tipping point where all factors considered make it appropriate to stop: those factors are different for each person, including cost , time, energy and desire to continue, risk of over dependency on therapist, etc. ...Read more

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A relative may be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. What are some ways we can cope with her guilt trips and other NPD behaviors?

A relative may be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. What are some ways we can cope with her guilt trips and other NPD behaviors?

Wizard behind screen: An initially difficult to comprehend condition it is characterized by: lack of empathy, blame, self-inflation, sometimes obsequious when they want something, and they are drawn to power, money, and compliments. Ultimately ii is always about them. They encourage idealization, won't admit any weaknesses, and encourage others to believe that anything that goes wrong is someone else's fault - yours. ...Read more

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Could a person with avoidant personality disorder need therapy lifelong?

Depends on person: Avoidant personality is responsive to therapy but the length of therapy depends on your state of disorder and the techniques used and also expertise of the therapist. Your willingness to be assertive and try the taught skills also counts. ...Read more

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Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Yes, hard to prove: It is certainly the aim of these psychotherapies to change fundamental personality traits (for the better of course). Countless case reports attest to success in doing so. But strong scientific proof would require careful, repeated personality assessment for large numbers of patients over many years — "permanently" is a long time — something that is very hard and expensive to study. ...Read more

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Do a lot of children with oppositional defiant disorder go on to develop anti-social personality disorder?

Do a lot of children with oppositional defiant disorder go on to develop anti-social personality disorder?

About 1 in 16: 25% of children who have oppositional defiant disorder develop conduct disorder, and 25 to 40% of those children go on to develop antisocial personality disorder. According to loeber, r, et al (1985) journal of abnormal child psychology, 21, 377-410 and zocccolillo, m., et al (1992) psychological medicine, 22, 971-986. ...Read more

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Could a psychologist or a cognitive behavioral therapy solve social anxiety knowing that the patient doesn't like to be social ?

Could a psychologist or a cognitive behavioral therapy solve social anxiety knowing that the patient  doesn't like to be social ?

CBT: Yes! Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Borderline personality disorder more about self-harm or harming others and avoidant personality disorder more about caring too much, is this correct?

Not necessarily: Borderline personality disorder is more about intense and often unstable moods. This may result in harm to self or others. Avoidant personality disorder is more about social fears, anticipation of rejection and feelings of inadequacy. People with avoidant personality disorders are also prone to self-harm. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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